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New Year's Resolution Solutions

It's sad, but true: Most New Year's resolutions fail. See how much you know about setting goals you can reach with our quiz.

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New Year's Resolution Solutions
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Question 1 of 20 Correct

What do people with successful resolutions do?

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The correct answer is: According to a University of Washington survey of people who had made health-related resolutions, successful participants had all three factors in common.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

True or false: People who make New Year's resolutions are more likely to succeed in achieving their goals.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Research shows that people who make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don't make any.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

True or false: The more specific your goal is, the more likely you'll be able to reach it.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Your resolutions should be attainable, realistic and specific. You're more likely to succeed in "losing 10 pounds" than in "losing some weight."

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

Which of the following strategies can help you keep New Year's resolutions beyond January?

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The correct answer is: You should also think of resolutions as marathons. They will take more time to achieve than short, 100-yard dashes.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

True or false: Neuroscience studies suggest you shouldn't set multiple goals at the same time.

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The correct answer is: This is true. It may be easier to spread your goals out across the year. For example, if you want to lose weight and quit smoking, start one goal and then start the other six months later.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

What percentage of New Year's resolutions fail?

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The correct answer is: About 88 percent of all resolutions fail, according to a 2007 survey of 3,000 people conducted by British psychologist Richard Wiseman.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

An effective goal begins with the words ...

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The correct answer is: Using language that expresses commitment such as "I will" and "I am committed to" will help you reach your goal. Attaching a timeline, such as "I will lose 10 pounds in six weeks," can help, too.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

True or false: Rewards are an important motivator for goal-setting success.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Rewards can be a great motivator if you're trying to lose weight, exercise more or quit smoking. Just make sure the reward doesn't reinforce the behavior you're trying to avoid.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

What percentage of smokers who quit cold turkey succeed the first time?

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The correct answer is: Only 2 percent of smokers who try to quit cold turkey can successfully stop the first time.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

What can increase someone's chances of quitting smoking?

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The correct answer is: All of the above can help. When you are craving a cigarette, think of the 4 D's: Delay, Drink water, Do something else and Deep breathing.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

How much time does it take to make a new exercise routine stick?

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The correct answer is: Generally, it takes six months to make an activity stick. After six months you enter the maintenance stage. Even though you have formed a change in behavior and exercise routine, you are still tempted to return to old habits of less exercise.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

True or false: Thinking of foods as "good" or "bad" will help you eat healthier.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Think nutrient-rich rather than "good" or "bad" foods. The majority of your food choices should be packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber and other nutrients -- and lower in calories.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

How long does it take to break a bad habit?

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The correct answer is: Experts generally say it takes 21 days to break a bad habit.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

What is a low-maintenance diet?

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The correct answer is: Want to make a new diet stick? Put your diet on autopilot. Choose three healthy foods or recipes you like and make them regularly. They'll take the guess work out of shopping and cooking.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

Which of the following is true about heart-healthy resolutions?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women in the United States. Making a resolution to take care of your heart can be one of the most important things you do.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

True or false: Making realistic exercise goals is the best way to keep them.

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The correct answer is: This is true. If you've never worked out before, jumping into four, five or six days of working out is probably not realistic. Make sure your goals are achievable. If you resolved to walk more, make sure you're not trying to walk five miles a day when you've never walked one before.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

True or false: Adults need at least 30 minutes of exercise every day to be healthy.

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The correct answer is: The answer is true -- but that doesn't mean you have to do it at one time. Three 10-minute sessions of walking adds up to 30 minutes of exercise. Making exercise more manageable makes it more achievable.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

Which of the following can help you overcome a negative body image?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. If you have a negative body image, standing in a gym full of mirrors probably won't boost your confidence. But if you focus on why you're exercising -- to improve your health, to lose weight, to make a body that you're proud of -- and choose activities that are fun, you'll be more likely to succeed. Invite a friend along and you'll do even better.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

What causes weight-loss plateaus?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Sometimes we hit plateaus because we've relaxed our efforts -- either we're not eating as few calories or we're not exercising as hard. Sometimes the culprit is psychological. And then there can be loss of lean tissue, which means you burn fewer calories, which can contribute to your plateau.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

True or false: Writing down food intake or exercise sessions in a journal won't help me achieve my goals.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Journaling has been shown to help people keep weight-loss and exercise goals.

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